What is Livalo?Livalo is a cholesterol-lowering medication that is used in combination with diet to reduce "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and raise "good" cholesterol (HDL). Livalo is used when cholesterol levels cannot be controlled with exercise and a low-fat diet alone.
What is the most important information I should know about Livalo?Livalo may cause a serious condition that involves the breakdown of your muscle. Promptly notify your doctor if you experience any unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness, especially if accompanied by fatigue, discomfort, or fever.
Livalo may cause changes in your liver enzymes. Your doctor will be checking your liver enzymes before and during therapy.
Who should not take Livalo?Do not take Livalo if you are allergic to any of its ingredients; if you have active liver disease; if you are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are nursing; or if you are taking cyclosporine.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Livalo?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Livalo. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have kidney or liver disease or thyroid problems.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.
Adults: The recommended starting dose is 2 milligrams (mg) once daily. The maximum dose is 4 mg once daily.
Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dosage for you if you have kidney disease or if you are taking certain other medications, such as erythromycin or rifampin.
How should I take Livalo?Take Livalo once daily at any time of the day, with or without food.
What should I avoid while taking Livalo?Avoid consuming alcohol while taking Livalo.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Livalo?If Livalo is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Livalo with the following: alcohol, cyclosporine, erythromycin, fibrates such as fenofibrate or gemfibrozil, lopinavir/ritonavir, niacin, rifampin, and warfarin.
What are the possible side effects of Livalo?Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.
Side effects may include: back pain, constipation, diarrhea, muscle pain, pain in the arms or legs
Can I receive Livalo if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?Livalo should not be used during pregnancy and breastfeeding. If you are pregnant or are breastfeeding, stop taking Livalo and contact your doctor.
Women of childbearing age should use an effective method of birth control to prevent pregnancy while using Livalo.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Livalo?Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
How should I store Livalo?Store at room temperature and protect from light.
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